Saturday, February 6, 2016

January budget: girly girl

American Eagle Outfitters mesh tank in rust, $17.50

American Eagle Outfitters high neck tank, $34.95

   American Eagle is not a store I usually shop in (and these two items are relatively pricey), but I was buying for a long weekend away with the husband, and something girly and pretty seemed to be required.
   I also picked up a slouchy gray tee at Ross for $7.99.
  Total spent: $60.44
   Budget: $50
   Over: $10.44

Monday, January 4, 2016

2015 in review: favorites

Favorite accent color: yellow.

Favorite shoe: Born "Jassie" gladiator sandal, purchased in March. This year I veered away from my usual shoe choices (black and brown), and ended up with this bronze sandal, a white pair of slides, and a pewter pair of sandals. I was surprised to find that I didn't miss having black or brown shoes at all! These are favorites because they are surprisingly comfortable and add a little zest to a work outfit. 

Most worn purchase: relaxed-fit tanks (charcoal gray and navy) from Old Navy, purchased in June. 

Favorite thrift purchase: an extravagantly floral top. 

Favorite Instagram selfie: 

Favorite outfits of the year: 

1 / 2 / 3 / 4

Favorite posts: 
What I've done, so far  - a list of experiences, inspired by Ally of Shybiker.

reviewing my Pinterest board: keepers. A look at key themes in my Pinterest board and how they have manifested in my blog outfit choices.
    Here's to another great year of blogging! 

Friday, January 1, 2016

life update

What a surprise it was to log into Blogger and realize that my last post was ... well, almost two months ago!

COMPLETED: I made glass ornaments with swirls of acrylic paint in them with my class. It was a mad rush to get them finished by the last day of school, but I pulled it off - with the exception of one student whose ornament broke while he was packing it. I also had one student drop hers after working on it. Luckily, the paint inside kept the glass from shattering and meant a minimal mess - no flying glass. If I ever do this again with a class, I will consider using plastic ornaments. 
MOVED: out of my old apartment and in with my mom. My husband is seeking his fortune on the Mainland, and I'll be joining him at the end of the school year. 
READ: "The Children's Crusade" by Ann Packer, "Fish in a Tree" by Lynda Hunt Mullaly, "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" by Brian Selznick, and "What I Thought Was True" by Huntley Fitzpatrick. The latter was a surprisingly thoughtful look at love and socioeconomic differences on a resort island. 
I also enjoyed reading "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas" aloud to my class during the last week of school!
LISTENED TO: The audiobook of "Modern Romance" by Aziz Ansari. I've watched some of his standup on Youtube and Netflix and didn't know that the book is actually about sociological findings about the impact of technology on romance. Not my usual audiobook pick, but interesting nonetheless.
CURRENTLY READING: "Twisted" by Laurie Halse Anderson.
EXCITED ABOUT READING: The second book in the Sandman graphic novel series - I've had it on request at the library for weeks. 
PURGED: four trash bags' worth of stuff, and donated a lot of things to a local charity. Still a lot of work to do - I want to significantly pare down my possessions in light of my impending move. 
DEVOURED: The most delicious apple pancake at The Original Pancake House.

EXPERIMENTED WITH: Making baked doughnuts using this recipe and the new doughnut pans I got for Christmas. I was apprehensive about making a dough that required yeast, but they came out great. Next time I'm making them with a chocolate glaze and a heavy dose of sprinkles.
ACCOMPLISHED: I drew for 38 days straight, as a fun way to establish a good habit for my 38th birthday. I now take a few minutes every day (usually before bed) to work on a Zentangle-inspired drawing.
Happy New Year! What have you been up to? 

Monday, November 16, 2015

abstract floral

French Connection top, thrifted
Indigo Rein jeans, Macy's
dot necklace, Simple Addiction

   Another parent-teacher conference week outfit, admittedly a bit more on the casual side. I bought this top at Saver's in October. I thought the colors were pretty and an abstract floral is one of my favorite prints. 

    I was hoping to wear my yellow glass pendant with this top, but the print seems to be a bit more yellow-green and they didn't match. Plain white pendant to the rescue!
    This will be a busy week, as it includes a field trip as well as a school festival on Friday afternoon. My grade level will be running a face-painting/temporary tattoo booth. I've never done face-painting before, so I hope to do a little practicing on my arm this week! It's amazing to me how many secondary skills you end up developing as a teacher.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

fall colors

Winter Kate top, thrifted
Calvin Klein straight leg jeans, Ross
glass pendant, Creations by Keiko

     Rainy mornings can be so cozy ... until your alarm goes off and you realize that it's the alarm that marks the time you are supposed to leave the house, not your bed. That was my Tuesday morning - how glad I was to get Wednesday off!
     Cooler weather meant it was time to break out one of my recent favorite thrift finds. While Savers tends to mark up certain brands such as Banana Republic, the staff seem oblivious to brands like Winter Kate. I got this top for a steal at $7.99, considering that an eBay search found this top being offered for $44.99.
    This is a tie neck blouse, but for its inaugural wearing I decided to forgo the bow. Instead, I knotted it right under the bust, then tied it in the back. I think it adds a little figure definition to a loose, flowy top. I'll try it with the bow next time, but plan to tuck it in.

    I love glass jewelry, but somehow my dichroic glass pendants (I own 3) never get enough love. The colors don't quite match the top, but they seem to "go."

    I'm almost halfway through No Shop November, and I have to say, it's been very restful. I don't browse online much because I know I'm not spending money, and I just erase all those sale e-mails that I'm usually tempted to click on. Now that it's getting a little cooler, I'm more excited about getting dressed for work. I'm looking forward to wearing long-sleeved dresses or tops that just sat on the side during the sweltering start of the school year. I also have some great dresses that I thrifted recently that I haven't worn yet, so I don't feel deprived or bored with what I own.

Monday, November 9, 2015

new jewels, new habits

Harlowe and Graham top, Nordstrom Rack
Calvin Klein straight leg jeans, Ross
Nepal beaded bracelets, Groopdealz
candy corn earrings, etsy seller IHeartGamers

      I got scared when I hand washed this top -- it appeared to shrink a great deal! Luckily, once it dried, the fibers seemed to loosen up and it returned to its usual drapey self. I've been remiss with posting my monthly budget, but I scored this top in September for $11.
      These bracelets seem to pop up on Groopdealz every other month or so, but before this I always logged on too late - they sell out quickly. Now I know why: they are pretty and go with just about anything. November is a no-shop month for me, but at a later time I wouldn't mind picking up a few more, either for my own collection or to use as little gifts.

     This was one of my outfits for parent-teacher conferences at the end of October. I usually try to dress up a bit more for meetings, but I couldn't resist adding in my new Halloween earrings!

    I'm counting down to my 38th birthday by doing Zentangle-inspired doodling for 38 days (as documented on my Instagram).  I figured, what better way to start a new year of life, than by instilling a new (positive) habit? It's a simple art - all you need is a pen and paper - and I find it immensely relaxing. 

Thursday, October 29, 2015

neutral pop

Tahari top and DKNY jeans, Macy's
dot necklace, Simple Addiction

     Polyester is usually not practical for Hawaii's climate or my workplace, but I couldn't resist buying this top. It has so many colors that it will be easy to accessorize, and for interviews or dressier occasions it will pair well with a skirt or pants. For its first wearing, I went casual - white jeans and a white necklace that popped against the dark background.

     My husband has been sick for the last few days, and yesterday I felt a sore throat creeping up on me. Rotten timing - I have parent-teacher conferences scheduled into the middle of next week. I'm dosing myself with chicken noodle soup, Vitamin C, and naps, and hoping I can shake it off.